UX Running for Real in Europe and Asia with the Apple AirPods

A perspective on user requirements for eliminating complexity and the all-important context of use? Let’s run with that….

I’ve been out testing the new Apple AirPods to see how good they are for my favourite user profile: runners. Now, I’ve previously addressed the pain of all those wires and cables that seems to be accepted as part of a mobile user experience these days, so I have been really looking forward to this evaluation.

I’ve had my Apple AirPods for about two months now, and I’ve run about 600 km in them in India, Croatia, and Ireland. I’ve been out in very hot weather and in drizzle. The longest single run was about 30 km.


Testing the Apple AirPods running in Dublin, Ireland. No problems with sweat and drizzle, though I do not use them in heavy rain. I’ve also used them in India and Croatia.

In short, I agree that the Apple AirPods are the best non-isolating wireless earbud solution for the Apple iPhone. But, they’re also a really great user experience for runners on daytime runs and for indoor treadmill work for those who like music with their activity.

Context of Use

Firstly, the sound quality is excellent, really amazing, and much better than the iconic white Apple EarPods. The set up process and the onboarding to instant use is a cinch; the best Bluetooth connection procedure I have yet to come across. It’s a great example of how Apple does user experience right, before you even use the product for real!

My Apple AirPods have stood up well (touch wood) to all that sweat and drizzle that is part of my running life. I realize that these kind of conditions are not the optimum usage scenario, perhaps, and there risks involved with moisture, but this is my typical running context of use.


I wear a bandana or buff when I run, so the limitations of my non-Apple designed ears and a less than snug fit of the Apple AirPods is minimized. Your mileage may vary but I have not had one drop out while running.

The Apple AirPods music can be controlled by Apple Siri on your Apple iPhone by way of a double-tap, but really that is quite limited in terms of available audio options (and I always have music when I run). However, teamed up with the controls for music offered by the Apple Watch’s Music app, the user experience is a major winner!

I also liked that when you remove the Apple AirPods from your ears they pause the music until you put them back into your ears when they pick up again where they left off. A useful feature for urban runners when stopping to cross busy roads, engage with others, and so on.


Apple AirPods and Apple Watch Music app. A great, integrated user experience on your wrist.

No Fallout

Now the big question: did the things stay in my ears while I was running? So far, yes! But then I always run with a bandana or buff on which affords extra security in that regard.

The Apple AirPods suffer from the same fit limitation discovered by many who didn’t have their ears personally designed by Apple, so your mileage can vary on comfort and snugness of fit as mine did (sometimes I have to leave them sticking out a bit to get a snugger fit which is a bit of a risk I agree).


The angle of the dangle. I get a snugger fit with my Apple AirPods sticking out a bit when I get a bit sweaty. Doesn’t look the best and maybe makes them more prone to catching in something and being pulled out. Your mileage may vary with the fit.

I have to say I am also quite nervous about running with my Apple AirPods without music playing in my ears to let me know they are both still there (I have forgotten they are in at times, and when changing shirts later knocked them flying, for example). I don’t think I would use them at night (in case I dropped one) – in fact I haven’t!

However, on balance, the experience of running without those messy wires combined with that sound quality and Apple Watch controls means I can really enjoy running with them in most circumstances, and I’d recommend you try it.

There’s a Price to be Paid…

On the downside, the Apple AirPods price is very steep (about 180 EUR in Ireland) for something you might lose, and the battery life isn’t long enough for me. I might run twice a day, and despite the 24 hour battery life claim, my Apple AirPods don’t last that long. An audio alert tells you when the power is too low. The little case the AirPods come with helps keep them charged when not in your ears, so you need to bring that with you, and top them up using the lightning connection. I’ve lost Bluetooth connectivity only a few times and you’ll need the case to reset the connection too.

Conclusion: They’re a Runner!

In all, Apple AirPods are a great solution for good weather, daytime and treadmill runners of all musical tastes and distances, especially if you wear a headband!

So, go for it!


Multiple vulnerabilities in Pidgin

CVE Description CVSSv2 Base Score Component Product and Resolution
CVE-2012-6152 Input Validation vulnerability 5.0 Pidgin
Solaris 10 SPARC: 147992-10 X86: 147993-10
Solaris 11.2 11.2
CVE-2013-0271 Unspecified vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-0272 Buffer Errors vulnerability 6.8
CVE-2013-0273 Denial of Service(DOS) vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-0274 Denial of Service(DOS) vulnerability 2.9
CVE-2013-6477 Numeric Errors vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6478 Input Validation vulnerability 4.3
CVE-2013-6479 Resource Management Errors vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6481 Buffer Errors vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6482 Input Validation vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6483 Input Validation vulnerability 6.4
CVE-2013-6484 Input Validation vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6485 Buffer Errors vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6486 Input Validation and Design Error vulnerabilities 9.3
CVE-2013-6487 Numeric Errors vulnerability 7.5
CVE-2013-6489 Numeric Errors vulnerability 5.0
CVE-2013-6490 Buffer Errors vulnerability 10.0
CVE-2014-0020 Input Validation vulnerability 5.0

This notification describes vulnerabilities fixed in third-party components that are included in Oracle’s product distributions.

Information about vulnerabilities affecting Oracle products can be found on Oracle Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts page.


Chatbots 101: Just The Facts

We’ve spent a lot of time recently discussing chatbots and how they likely will change how customers interact with businesses. Yet, we haven’t spent much time discussing the origin of chatbots, what exactly it is they can do for businesses, and how pervasive they might become. That changes today, with this new chatbots infographic:

The infographic provides you with a solid introduction to chatbots through useful and interesting statistics. First, you’ll be introduced to some recent milestones in the field of Artificial Intelligence, which have paved the way for mainstream acceptance of chatbots. Remember when Watson defeated Ken Jennings in Jeopardy, or when Deep Blue beat Gary Kasparov in a game of chess? Without previous advancements in AI, chatbots would not be nearly as powerful, or as helpful to us, as they are today.

Next, you’ll learn why mobile messaging platforms have become the ideal channel for chatbot innovation. Sixty-five percent of consumers prefer using a messaging app when contacting a business (who calls anyone anymore, anyway,) but businesses often are inundated with thousands, or even millions, of customer requests and complaints and are struggling to keep up. That’s where chatbots come in!

Finally, you’ll understand the differences between the types of chatbots that currently exist (yes, there is more than one type of chatbot!) and what each type can do for you, and for your customers. Some chatbots are fairly basic and engage only in a structured way based on menu choices (think of these as beefed-up phone trees or FAQs.) Others, however, can monitor intent, are contextually aware, use natural language processing and machine learning, and can even personalize responses to your questions. This second type of chatbot is the type that you’ll be able to create using Oracle’s mobile chatbot platform, and it’s also the type that will revolutionize customer engagement in the enterprise!

Don’t forget to follow @OracleMobile and to join the conversation on LinkedIn.


Priority Support Infogram, 14 April 2017

Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld 2017 – Call for Speakers is now Live!, from Oracle’s Linux Blog.


On Measuring Apache Spark Workload Metrics for Performance Troubleshooting, from External Table.

SLOB Use Cases By Industry Vendors. Learn SLOB, Speak The Experts’ Language., from Kevin Closson’s Blog: Platforms, Databases and Storage.

Oracle Bundle Patching, from jarneil

How To Tell If Similar SQL Statements Are Causing Parsing Issues, from A Wider View About Oracle Performance Tuning.

Parallelizing datapatch execution, from Andy Colvin’s Oracle Blog.


Exadata Upgrade to – The Missing Step, from Andy Colvin’s Oracle Blog.

From the same source: Exadata Upgrade to – The Missing Step


SUM is better than DISTINCT, from Learning is Not a Spectator Sport.


Apex Interactive Grid and IOT’s, from Learning is Not a Spectator Sport.


Updated Mobile and JCS customer presentations & references in ppt format, from WebLogic Community.

From the same source: Start and stop WebLogic Server using scripts by Waslley Souza

PaaS & Middleware Partner YouTube Update April 2017

New book: WebLogic Multitenancy WebLogic as a Platform & Foundation for Cloud Services

Serverless architecture on the Oracle PaaS Cloud by Lucas Jellema

Publishing applications to Application Container Cloud Service from Oracle Storage Cloud by Lucas Jellema

Container Cloud Service ran the 1st (mine!) pub image ever from @docker registry by Frank Munz

Application Container Cloud and Multi Tenant Services – Oracle embracing 3rd party technologies and open source projects by Lucas Jellema


Training Thursdays: Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud with Oracle OpenStack, from Oracle’s Linux Blog.

SOA and Related Subjects

Sending Dynamic HTML-based Emails for SOA and BPM Projects by Mark Peterson, from the SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog.

From the same source:

BPM 12c Migration – A Deep Dive into a Simple 10g Process Migration by Aaron Dolan

Human Workflow: Working with Collections and Repeating Stages by Fusion Applied

Adaptive Case Management Methodology published in Best Practices for Knowledge Workers (digital edition)

Real estate valuation using Process Cloud Service by Stefan Woermcke

Process Cloud Service Connectors (Part 1 of 2): Web Service Connector by Antonis Antoniou

Process, Integration & API Partner Summit! April 25th–27th Oracle HQ


From the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog.

You are Invited to an Oracle EBS Channel Revenue Management: 12.2 Claims Autopay Process Advisor Webcast

FYI! AU25 have been released for Australian payroll

Advisor Webcast: New Functionality: E-Business Suite Integration with Fusion Accounting Hub Reporting Cloud Services

New ORAchk & EXAchk Version Released


Priority Support Infogram, 07 April 2017

Indexing in Oracle, Fragmentation, from the DBA Kevlar blog.

From the same source: Oracle and SQL Server Index Comparison.

12.2 Some Cool Partitioning New Features (Big Wheels) , from Richard Foote’s Oracle Blog.

A quick look at Oracle 12.2 performance instrumentation, from Martin’s Blog.

From the same source:

Using virt-install/KVM and kickstart to create lots of identical VMs quickly.

A performance deep dive into column encryption, from the Frits Hoogland blog.

From the same source: A performance deep dive into tablespace encryption

Sharding with Oracle 12c R2 Part II : Scalability and Connections, from dbi Services.

From the same source: OUD – Oracle Unified Directory Tuning, It is not always the servers fault

12cR2 DBCA, Automatic Memory Management, and -databaseType

When automatic reoptimization plan is less efficient

Additional new material WebLogic Community, from WebLogic Community.

From the same source: ADF Namings Conventions – Part I by Pedro Gabriel

Using Code Template for Reusable codes in JDeveloper IDE by Ashish Awasthi

JDeveloper is out by Timo Hahn

PaaS free trial accounts MCS and JCS & ACC

Top tweets WebLogic Partner Community – March 2017


Is SQL Injection A WebSite Problem?, from Pete Finnigan’s Oracle Security Weblog. Yes, even after all this time the old SQL Injection attack is still in use and there are enough vulnerable sites to make it worth a hacker’s while to try it.

ADF, Weblogic et al.

ADF and Developer Cloud Service by Waslley Souza, from the Weblogic Community blog.

From the same source: Application Container Cloud Service new features

PaaS free trial accounts MCS and JCS & ACC

PaaS Customer Success Presentation

Welcome to the PaaS Partner Community Forum XXIV

Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Recommended for Oracle Products, from the Oracle Linux Blog.

From the same source: MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Announcing Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 for SPARC

PaaS & Middleware Partner YouTube Update April 2017, from the SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog.

From the same source:

5.000.000 Messages per Day Handled by Oracle Service Bus 11g by Pavel Samolysov

Restoring OSB 12.2.1 Maven Functionality by Robert Patrick

Servicebus 12c: Using configuration files for customizing service deployments by Sven Bernhardt

PCS 17.1.3 leveraging ICS by Niall Commiskey

SOA Suite 11g and SOA Suite 12c Bundle Patches January 2017

Top tweets SOA Partner Community – March 2017

EBS Release 12 certified with Safari 10 and macOS Sierra 10.12

From the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog.

Announcement: Netherlands Legislative Social Insurance (SI) Reporting Patches for 2017

Now Available: NEW EBS Analyzer User Interface (UI)

India Form 24Q Changes for Q4 FY 2016/ FY 2017 Has Been Released

Released US PAY: The 2017 United States (US) First Quarter (Q1) Statutory Update.

Announcing E-Business Suite: WLS (WebLogic Server) Utility!


Priority Support Infogram, 31 March 2017

Oracle OpenWorld 2017 call for papers open – submit your PaaS partners success!, from WebLogic Community.

Managing Inbound Traffic on an AWS Instance, from the DBA Kevlar blog.

Adding Indexes, from Oracle Scratchpad.

From the same source:

Index out of range

min/max Upgrade


Quiz Night

12.2 Online Conversion of a Non-Partitioned Table to a Partitioned Table (A Small Plot Of Land), from Richard Foote’s Oracle Blog

Oracle Community Forming

Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) : Social Media Channels, from the ORACLE-Base Blog.

ADF, Weblogic et al.

ADF and Developer Cloud Service by Waslley Souza, from the Weblogic Community blog.

From the same source: Application Container Cloud Service new features

PaaS free trial accounts MCS and JCS & ACC

PaaS Customer Success Presentation

Welcome to the PaaS Partner Community Forum XXIV


Oracle Application Express (APEX) 5.1.1, from the ORACLE-Base Blog.

Training Thursdays: Zero-Downtime Patching for Continuous Security, from the Oracle Linux Blog.

From the same source: Announcing the release of Oracle Linux 6 Update 9

Announcing Oracle Linux support for Clair and Vuls

Huawei Announces Oracle Linux Certification for Huawei FusionSphere

DevCamp 2017: How much cost the Oracle Cloud? by Timo Hahn, from the SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog.

From the same source:

Five Best Practices for Platform as a Service Success

Fee on-demand SOA Suite 12 and BPM Suite 12c Bootcamps

Welcome to the PaaS Partner Community Forum XXIV

Webcast: “Online Patching with EBS 12.2”

Webcast: “12.2 Technical Upgrade Overview and Process Flow”

Cloning EBS 12.1.3 Environments Integrated with Oracle Access Manager

Webcast: “Oracle E-Business Suite Integration Best Practices”

From the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Blog.

See You At Collaborate 2017 Inventory Sessions!

Final patches NOW Available! New Zealand Statutory Updates Effective April 2017

ACA, New Patch Released for Authoritative ACA 1094-C XML (AIRSH100 XML schema) validation


Priority Support Infogram, 24 March 2017

Scheduler (DBMS_SCHEDULER) Enhancements in Oracle Database 12.2, from the ORACLE-Base Blog.

12cR1 RMAN Restore/Duplicate from ASM to Non ASM takes a longer time waiting for the ASMB process, from Jaffar’s (Mr RAC) Oracle blog.


A deeper dive into JPA, 2-Phase-Commit [ 2PC ] and RAC, from Helmut’s RAC/JEE Blog,

a veritable one man knowledge base on Oracle and related tech is this great blogger:


benchmarking your disks, from Data Virtualizer.

ADF, Weblogic et al.

ADF and Developer Cloud Service by Waslley Souza, from the Weblogic Community blog.

From the same source: Application Builder Cloud Service Introduction by Sten Vesterli

Explaining Custom Objects Relationships Regular vs Parent/Child by Shay Shmeltzer-Oracle

WebLogic & Developer Partner Community Newsletter March 2017


Can You Say That An Oracle Database is nn% secure?, from Pete Finnigan’s Oracle Security Weblog.

Training Thursdays: Self-Paced OpenStack Training New Available On-Line, from the Oracle Linux Blog.

From the same source: MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Whitepaper about Oracle Linux Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c

SOA Suite Unit test with Groovy (11g, 12c) – part 1 by Carlos Giraldo, from the SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog.

From the same source:

SOA & BPM Community Newsletter March 2017

Publishing Oracle SOA Maven plugin by Maarten Tijhof

SOA vs Microservices Architecture by The SOA mythbusters

Real-Time Integration Business Insight: Working with Dashboards – free tutorial

PaaS & Middleware Partner YouTube Update March 2017

CI, DevOps and ALM for Oracle SOA Suite with Oracle Developer Cloud Service by Shay Shmeltzer

Accessing and Analyzing Twitter Feeds with Oracle Stream Analytics (Part 2) by John Featherly

An Introduction to Oracle Stream Analytics by Robin Moffatt

Can I Use Oracle GoldenGate with EBS on Oracle Cloud?, from Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud.

From the same source:

Provisioning EBS on Oracle Cloud: Latest Enhancements

From the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:

Reminder: Upgrade BPEL to Before December 2018

Webcast: “Installation, Cloning and Configuration of EBS 12.2”

Using Job Role Separation with ASM and EBS 12.2

EBS Support Implications for Discoverer 11gR1 in June 2017


Priority Support Infogram, 17 March 2017

Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Engineered for Oracle Cloud, from the Oracle Linux Blog.

Should I learn Cloud?, from the ORACLE-Base Blog.

12.2 Moving Tables Online (Real Cool World), from Richard Foote’s Oracle Blog.

Validating The Length Of An Oracle Database Hashed password?, from Pete Finnigan’s Oracle Security Weblog.

From the same source: Default Password Hashes for 11g Oracle Database

12c Release 2, set feedback enhancement in SQL PLus, from Learning is Not a Spectator Sport.

Little things worth knowing: Executing RDA on RAC , from Martin’s Blog.

Non-CDB still exists in Oracle Database 12.2., from Upgrade Your Database—NOW!

VirtualBox 5.1.18, from the ORACLE-Base Blog.

From the same source:

Let’s Encrypt : Free Certificates on Oracle Linux (CertBot)

Online Table Moves and Partitioning in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2)

Starting an instance with sqlplus and running into ORA-27302: failure occurred at: skgpwinit6, from the Frits Hoogland Weblog.

Generating randomized incremental values, from Codemonth.

From the same source: Test data and foreign keys

Training Thursdays: Use Docker to Optimize Deployment Processes, from the Oracle Linux Blog.

From the same source: What Drives Linux Guru Wim Coekaerts?

MONDAY SPOTLIGHT : Oracle Linux and DTrace

An Introduction to Oracle Stream Analytics by Robin Moffatt, from the SOA & BPM Partner Community Blog.

From the same source:

Why API Management Matters

Pre-built Virtual Machine for SOA Suite

Cloud Service integrated demo. Air Pollution Control by S&P

Additional new content SOA & BPM Partner Community

How to Switch Off the Universal Global Header for PaaS Pages: UX RDK Enhancement by Ultan O’Broin

Oracle Cloud Applications Review by Debra Lilley

Dynamic Data Sources Based on Cluster Rules, from Hooked on Hyperion.

EPMAutomate, PBCS, Backups and You!, from Essbase Down Under.

Super-size me! ODI Variables and long string values (ORA-12899/ODI-1228 errors), from The Unlocked Cube.

From the same source:

DRM Audit I

DRM Batch Client Execution from Other Servers?

Hyperion Calc Manager validation versus EAS validation (RUNJAVA)

Provisioning EBS on Oracle Cloud: Latest Enhancements, from Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud.

From the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology blog:

Webcast: “Secure Configuration for EBS in Oracle Cloud”

Building Custom EBS Mobile Apps with REST

Webcast: “Build, Deploy and Manage Smartphone Apps for EBS”

Firefox ESR 52 Certified with EBS 12.1 and 12.2

Reminder: Upgrade Oracle Internet Directory to

New OA Framework 12.2.5 Update 10 Now Available

From the EBS Support Blog in Oracle Communities:

ACA, New Patch Released for Authoritative ACA 1094-C XML (AIRSH100 XML schema) validation

Using the Financial Inquiry Tool in Fixed Assets

Get All EBS Analyzers Here!

Role of Proration Rule Setup in Oracle Property Manager